by Sumaya Hussein
Daystar Company Limited, the trustee body that sponsors Daystar University, on April 20, 2021, appointed Dr. Florence Muindi as the fourth Chancellor of the university. Dr. Muindi will be taking over from Prof. Mary Murimi, whose term is set to end on June, 21, 2021.
According to a memo sent to the university from the VC Prof. Laban Ayiro, the company board is preparing to induct Dr. Muindi ahead of installation to office.
According to the Daystar Company by-laws, the induction should be conducted within 30 days from the date of appointment. It includes a structured introduction to the University’s strategic plan, a guided tour of the university and familiarization with the Memorandum and Articles of Association of Daystar Company, the University Charter, and the main university operating policies, plans and organizational structure. Moreover, the new Chancellor will be presented to the requirements and expectations of the office.
The quest for the fourth Chancellor began in December 2019, when the company constituted a Search Committee, to lead the process and present a short-list of three possible candidates.
The Search Committee was led by Rev. Prof. Zablon Nthamburi, a Daystar Company Limited Trustee.
Dr. Muindi was identified from among nine possible candidates in a rigorous process that lasted almost a year.
After reaching out to all University Stakeholders and para-church organizations, the committee handed over the names of four candidates to the Company board in November 2020.
Dr. Florence Muindi is the Founder and CEO of Life in Abundance (LIA) International, a non-profit and faith-based organization that partners with local churches around the world to transform lives.
She is also a medical doctor specialized in Public Health and graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery in 1988, and a Master’s in Public Health in 1993.
The mother of two grown sons is also a published author, ordained minister of the gospel, and a global itinerant in conferences, churches and institutions of higher learning on wholistic community development and empowerment of poor and vulnerable communities.
Dean of Students Rev. Mutinda Musyimi congratulated Dr. Muindi on her new appointment shortly after the memo was sent.
“My congratulations to Dr. Florence Muindi, the 4th Chancellor, Daystar University. May God guide her steps,” said Rev Musyimi.